The president of Nintendo, Tatsumi Kimishima, has commented in an interview with Nikkei, the intentions of the Switch to become a console with virtual reality, if they solve the comfort problems.
Since the announcement of Switch, the new console of Nintendo, every enthusiast has been wondering if it would have virtual reality support, as it happens with PlayStation 4 and Project Scorpio that will arrive at the end of the year. Apparently for Nintendo virtual reality is a possibility since in an interview with Nikkei, the president of Nintendo, Tatsumi Kimishima, has commented that they are studying adding this functionality to the new console. “If we are able to solve the comfort issues when playing in VR for long hours, then we will support it in one way or another,” Kimishima commented. Comfort or convenience can refer to both ergonomics and the ability not to get dizzy, will it refer to both or just one?
The Switch controllers, the JoyCon, incorporate a new vibration motor capable of making us feel more advanced things than the classic force feedback of a traditional gamepad, achieving sensations like noticing the ice in a glass. It can also detect the position of objects thanks to a camera called “motion IR” capable of detecting the shape, movement and distance of objects that are in front of it. With these features, the JoyCon could be the future Nintendo Switch motion controllers.
Now we would only be missing an HMD for the console, of which Nintendo has already registered a patent for what could be a possible viewer for Switch. As we know the console screen can be removed and attached to the controls on the sides, so we could insert it into the HMD that we can see in the image and enjoy experiences in virtual reality. We hope that Nintendo will solve those problems with comfort and bet on this technology as it has already done in the past with Virtual Boy, and it is that as happened with PlayStation, that Nintendo enters the virtual world would be another great boost for VR.